ZinFest Wine School

The ZinFest Wine School is open to all guests with new demonstrations taking place each hour. American Sign Language Interpreters will be provided for our guests who are Hard of Hearing of Deaf. Stay tuned in the weeks to come for exciting descriptions of each seminar and lists of accompanying wines!


1:00-1:40 PM – Reds & Rosés From Bechthold Vineyard, Lodi’s ZinFest Wine School_Fred Swan_Website
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Fred Swan, Certified Sommelier, San Francisco Wine School & norcalwine.com

Fred Swan – a Planet Grape® Wine Review panelist, educator at San Francisco Wine School and author of norcalwine.com – will lead you on a fascinating tasting of both red wines and dry rosés crafted by multiple producers, grown in Lodi’s historic Bechthold Vineyard. This 25-acre vineyard consists of own-rooted Cinsaut, planted by the Spenker family in 1886. Two years ago, Bechthold was proclaimed the California Vineyard of the Year by the California State Fair, and for good reason: Not only are these venerated vines a national treasure, they are also producing some of the most exquisite wines in the world.


2:00 – 2:40 PM – Iberia (Spanish & Portuguese Varietals) in LodiDeborah Parker Wong
Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET, Northern California Editor, The Tasting Panel/The SOMM Journal, and Director of Education, Wine and Spirits Education

Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET –a Planet Grape® Wine Review panelist, Northern California Editor of The Tasting Panel/The SOMM Journal and Director of Education of Wine and Spirits Education Trust – will explore the finest Lodi grown bottlings made from grapes such as Albariño, Verdelho, Verdejo, Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano and Touriga. Discover why these wines have come to personify Lodi’s diversity and ideal Mediterranean terroir.


3:00 – 3:40 PM – Lodi Wine & Artisanal Cheese PairingZinFest Wine School_Randy Caparoso_Website
Randy Caparoso, Author of LodiWine.com blog “The LoCA Life & Times,” Editor-at-Large, The SOMM Journal and Tasting Panel Magazine

Randy Caparoso – Editor at Large for The SOMM Journal and resident author for LodiWine.com – will team up with Cindy Della Monica, owner and acclaimed cheesemonger at downtown Lodi’s Cheese Central, in this deliciously fascinating tasting of a variety of Lodi wines with some of the finest cheeses in the world. Need we say more?